Kimberly Zeman Tomkins, the 6th-grade social studies teacher at L.J. Hauser Junior High School who said she’d rather retire than face disciplinary action for physically confronting a student in April, has apparently decided not to retire after all.
District 96 Board of Education Vice President Rachel Marrello confirmed to the Landmark on Friday that Zeman Tomkins was officially rehired for the next school year by the school board at its May 20 meeting when the board approved a “personnel report” rehiring staff for next year.
“She’s on there,” Marrello said. “As far as we know, she’s coming back next year.”
Zeman Tompkins has been on leave since April 2 after grabbing a sixth-grader by the arm and yelling at the student. She received an official notice of remediation after the administration concluded that she had acted unprofessionally.
Rather than accept the remediation and reprimand, Zeman Tomkins decided to retire at the end of this school year. But, now she apparently has changed her mind and will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year, as she originally had planned. She has also been battling health issues.
Zeman Tomkins, 60, is the longest-serving teacher at Hauser and has taught in District 96 since 1976.
Zeman Tomkins could not be reached immediately for comment on Friday afternoon.
Retiring this year would have reduced Zeman Tomkins’ pension, which is calculated on a teacher’s four highest-paid years of teaching.